Did you know too much iron in the body is a common genetic disease that can be toxic to your organs? Well I just found out this disease runs in my family! So off to the doctor I go for a simple blood test to uncover if I have this disease called hemochromatosis. People who are diagnosed with primary hemochromatosis inherit two genes, one from each parent and are at risk for iron overload and symptoms of the disease. Surprisingly, it is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States yet rarely talked about.
Silent and Deadly
“Hemochromatosis is an iron disorder in which the body simply loads too much iron. This action is genetic and the excess iron, if left untreated, can damage joints, organs, and eventually be fatal.”